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- In Iceland: Waves, Streams, & Waterfalls, get an expansive collection of moving water from the arctic wonderland of Iceland. Hear massive swells breaking against hexagonal basalt columns and violent slurping as water is sucked through pebbles after each massive wave. Hear bowling balls jostled by powerful waves to create the vocals of an Icelandic rock monster. Hear spine tingling waterfalls roaring and the soothing hiss of floating mist. Hear babbling brooks flowing with melodic tones and black sand beaches covered with icebergs that crackle with each wave!
- I hope this library gives you a chance to hear the beauty of water in a way you haven't heard before. Enjoy listening to a large collection of H2O from the mind-blowing landscapes of Iceland.
- Zero wildlife. You'll only hear water.
- Sand, Pebble, and Rock beaches
- Black and red sand beaches
- Icelandic rock monsters
- Icebergs crackling in ocean waves
- Babbling streams with melodic tones
- Small and large waterfalls roaring
- Close and distant perspectives
- This Iceland expedition was my first time recording ocean soundscapes with drop rigs for 12+ hours at a time. It was also the place with the widest tidal range I’d recorded. So, the surf soundscapes changed dynamically with the ebb and flow of the tides. I’d never heard this slow change over many hours and it gave me a fascinating new perspective on the soundscape of the ocean.
One of the highlights of this trip was a magical spot where the sound of water blew my mind. It was the most magical spot I’ve ever found to record waves. Imagine a rocky cliff of hexagonal basalt columns. The cliff was about 20 meters high and I hung my mics over the edge for an overnight session. Most beaches are sand or pebbles because the waves have ground the original rocks into fine bits over eons. In Iceland, however, the lava rocks in this location were new (in geologic time) so the waves hadn't had as much time to grind the rocks into pebbles or sand. The beach below the cliffs was covered by thousands of rocks about the size of bowling balls. As each massive wave crashed it jostled the bowling balls and created a rich rocky texture that sounded like a giant Icelandic rock monster was talking! I luckily arrived at high tide when the talking was loudest. I sat there and listened for hours as the voice gradually faded away with the falling tide. It was by far the most beautiful ocean soundscape I’ve heard.
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- A spectrogram is included for each audio file. Double click on the photo in the file list to enlarge.
- Sennheiser MKH8040 pair and MKH30 in Double Mid/Side
- LOM Usi
- Sound Devices MixPre-3 II
- Sony D100
- Sony A10
- Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side Blimp
STEREO AND QUAD FILES:
- Stereo: front mid/side decoded to left and right.
- Quad: double mid/side decoded to quad.
STEREO ONLY FILES:
- These recording were made in stereo and do not include a quad version.
|Stereo Specs: 8.7 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 70 stereo WAV files – 70+ sounds – Approx. 250 min (4.1 hours) total|
|Quad Specs: 2.2 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 10 quad WAV files – 10+ sounds – Approx. 32 min (0.5 hours) total|
|Stereo + Quad Specs: 10.9 GB Total – 250 min (4.1 hours) total
Metadata: Universal Category System, CSV, Soundminer, BWAV
Categories: WATRSurf, WATRFlow, WATRFall, Sand, Pebble, Rock
Location: Iceland – Summer 2021
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|License type: Single user, royalty-free - for a multi-user license, click here|
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